‘Review salary scheme for medics’
Reconsider scale to prevent exodus of experts to other countries, PSD told
BAGAN DATUK: The Public Service Department (PSD) should review the salary scale for medical specialists to prevent their exodus to other countries, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said the Government had spent a huge sum of money training and educating these highly qualified professionals when those countries did not even invest in advanced training for certain areas of expertise for their own people.
“I think it is high time the PSD looks at the salary scheme of these professionals to avoid losing our specialists to others.
“Although we know that (the brain drain also) involves other sectors in the civil ser- vice, we certainly do not want to lose these specialists,” he told a press conference after launching the national-level Transformation with 1Smile Together (TW1ST) Programme 2017 at SM Sains Bagan Datuk yesterday.
Also present was Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also Bagan Datuk MP, said health tourism is being promoted by the Tourism and Culture Ministry because Malaysia has good facilities and competitive costs of treatment.
“Our specialist hospitals are of the same standard as those in other countries. Malaysia has great potential in health tourism and we must retain our experts,” he said. — Bernama
Hands that heal: Dr Ahmad Zahid spending some time to visit his long-time friend Baharom Said, 66, who is ill at Kampung Teluk Kerdu in Bagan Datuk. — Bernama